Upcoming Training and Events
We are pleased to offer a variety of trainings and special events throughout the year for child care providers. All training and events are PDR approved.
The following training and events will be hosted by Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas:
4th Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference
"Arts on the Water"
Where: DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismark, AR
When: December 5, 2020, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Keynote: Coy Bowles, Zac Brown Band
PDR: 6 approved hours
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.
For more information visit Understanding STEAM and how children use it.
5th Annual ACW Dinner & Tribute
Where: National Park College, New Student Commons Bldg, 101 College Dr, Hot Springs, AR
When: September 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Keynote: Shelli Henehan, Ed.D, Associate Professor/Coordinator of Assessment, UAFS School of Education/College of STEM
Theme: Self-Care is Not Selfish
PDR: 2 approved hours
Each year we celebrate Arkansas Children's Week by hosting HSECA's Dinner & Tribute for early childhood educators. We feel it is important to recognize and honor all of the hard work and dedication our providers put in to caring for their children. This years topic is "Self-Care is Not Selfish" by Shelli Henehan. Registration is $7.50. Registration must be received by April 1, 2020. Catering by Mama's Little Italy.
Download current and past ACW resource books.
For more information visit Arkansas Children's Week.
Pine Bluff ACW Family Fun Day
Where: Pine Bluff Convention Center
Theme: Everyday Explorers
Early Childhood Professionals and families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in celebration of Arkansas Children's Week. In our work, we create hands-on experiences daily to engage and enlighten our littlest learners.
For more information visit Everyday Explorers.
International Dot Day
Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR
When: September 2020
Join us as we celebrate International Dot Day in September. Location TBD. The event is free and open to families and children of all ages. We will be reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and have an activity that you're sure to enjoy.
Annual Dad's Event
Where: TBD, Hot Springs, AR
A FREE community event for Father Figures of all ages with the goal of providing resources along with fun, safe & affordable activities/ideas for you to do with your families. There will be door prizes and local vendors ready to talk with you and answer your questions.
For directions or bus routes visit the Transportation Plaza Bus Route map.
Contact us for more information or to register for one of our events. You may also visit our Facebook page or download our app "Child Care Aware WCA". Visit the state Child Care Resource and Referral Map to find the CCR&R that serves your county.